4 Formations Your Offense Should Be Using

Pistol Diamond Formation for Offensive Football

Offensive Football has expanded so much in the last 20 years. Every one used to start every play with a snap from under center. If you were in shot gun, you were a mad scientist.

Now almost everyone has shotgun or pistol alignments. We use 1 back, 2 backs, 3 backs and no back formations. We can do it all.

While most offensive playbooks I have looked at were bloated with plays, very few have ever had too many formations. After all, formations are cheap.

You can run the same 4 plays out of 40 different formations. You’ll cause more confusion for the defense, while creating a lot less confusion for your offense!

Here are 4 formations that can be used in any offensive playbook…

1. Empty Formations

Everyone should get into an Empty formation at least once a game. If nothing else, you want to see what the defense will do.

Empty Formation

No back formations cause most defenses to do something out of the ordinary. You may get a favorable look for Quarterback run plays. They may even leave one of your receivers uncovered in the confusion.

But you have to line up in it to find out!


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